It's not easy to criticize the coolest Pope, ever. Still, Pope Francis's command to end world poverty doesn't square holy with me when the church still insists artificial contraception goes against the "natural laws of God" to go forth and multiply.
His comments about Donald Trump's faith have become headlines news around the world, but Pope Francis said something else on his flight back from Mexico to Rome on Thursday.
Cutting the funding to Planned Parenthood will do nothing to curb the need for abortion. Education and contraception could curb unintended pregnancy rates, but that's what Planned Parenthood does.
It does not work by means of abortion, has no effect on future fertility, does not increase risk of diseases like cancer or stroke, and will not har...
Advising women living in these countries to delay pregnancy is a whole other matter -- because for most of them, decisions related to family planning and their reproductive health are not in their control.
Last Thursday, the Wisconsin State senate proposed two bills that will work to decrease resources for people of low-income to receive family planning services through Planned Parenthood. In Wisconsin, this means the elimination of about $3 million worth of family planning services to Planned Parenthood clients.
Attacks on Planned Parenthood, both physical and political, are jeopardizing the ability of women to access contraception and other reproductive health care services. At the same time, political assaults on sex education programs are gaining momentum and threatening the progress that we have made in reducing teen pregnancies. It all adds up to a bad report card for 2015, and it could get worse in 2016.
This Human Rights Day is particularly significant. In Paris, negotiators are trying to come to agreement on a global climate treaty, and a lot is on the line -- especially for women.
Last week's attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not be the last episode of anti-clinic violence in America. It was far from the first.
Kidnapped, raped, beaten: This is what women and girls have endured from extremist groups. I appeal to you, Mr. President, to use your authority to stand with these women and girls and take executive action to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance include emergency reproductive services, including abortion.
Should we be talking about how to respect the rights of employers who are religiously affiliated? Yes. But the women who work for them aren't legal fictions; the realities of their lives must be part of the conversation.
When Jessica Biel and I first started talking about the "If You Don't Tell Them, Then Who Will" campaign, it hit us early on that we wanted to encourage real women to have real conversations about their bodies.
Allowing religious organizations to claim, under the guise of tolerance, nearly anything to be a burden upon the exercise of their beliefs would be a substantial step toward the creation of the private hells the late political philosopher Brian Barry warned against.
The 24.4 million more women and girls using lifesaving contraception is 10 million fewer than we had hoped to reach by this time. If we continue at this rate, we risk missing our goal -- and leaving millions of women and girls without the care and services they need and deserve.
We are a nation that prides itself as a place where people have the liberty to practice their faith without the government imposing unfair burdens on them. But religious freedom is not a free pass; there is no doctrine of religious exceptionalism.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported last week that the state's teen pregnancy rate was cut in half from 2009 to 2014 thanks to a program called the Colorado Family Planning Initiative.